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Simply Red: Hammersmith Odeon

Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1984

IT HAS to be said that this plumpish, carrot-mopped bloke stomping around like a kid in a playpen hardly looks the part of STAR. And yet STAR he is – God’s chosen vehicle for the soul-i-fication of the masses, no less. "The most reviled man in Manchester," carp Swing Out Sister, but I’ll bet there were more people at the Apollo this week than at the Hacienda.

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